Pair is a bistro on West 10th serving regional and organic dishes.
I have been here twice. Although not everything was memorable, nothing disapointed me. Service was good, although one time I had to wait at least half an hour for the main course to arrive, despite the restaurant's being less than half full, and it was not a main course that would normally take long to prepare. The fresh oysters they have (the selection changes each day) are particularly good, but that has nothing to do with the chef, as no cooking is required. I was very much intrigued by the wine list. Though small, it contains several very good wines at reasonable prices, so they obviously did their homework in selecting the wines to stock. Overall, you can get good food, good wine, at good prices here. What more do you ask for?
I am a big fan of this place: Small cozy room with a great feel, Attentive and enthusiastic service, and great BC comfort food. And the value for money is the best I've come across for ages.
All produce and wine is quality BC, and a bit out of the ordinary: their Elk is mindblowing.
Not quite a special birthday kinda place, but definately a fantastic local, and well worth the drive across town
Very cozy restaurant and it fills up very quickly. We showed up a little after our Saturday 5:30pm reservation and were immediately seated. Staff were very accommodating with our baby as the car seat took up more room. I ordered a lamb shank and it was delicious, very tender and juicy. My wife had the cod and she loved it. Overall, great restaurant and will definitely go back.
We went here for Valentine's day and were very very happy with our choice. The wine pairings were thoughtful, the service was genuine and professional, the decor and concept - stunning. Nice spot, quiet off the main strip.
We started off with bannock served with cedar jelly: interesting, tasty.
Small mushroom lattes were to die for.
We had the platter to share as our main, and the candied salmon, braised sablefish, elk, and stuffed quail were excellent. The platter was beautifully presented in a wire dish holder and was a lot of food. Good value. I would suggest ordering this if you are really hungry and are able to eat the meat before it gets cold.
Earl grey creme brulee for dessert was well done, great paired with blackberry port, and as an extra touch for V-day we were given two plump chocolate coated strawberries.
This place goes the extra mile to please its guests, and it feels good to know that we are able to eat local and not sacrifice quality or variety.
It's nice to leave a restaurant without the ethical issues weighing on you as much.
Seldom do we go to restaurant where we feel that obligated to not only recommend it to our friends but spend time to write about one. This is the exception. We had friends visiting from overseas and they wanted a taste of BC . Boy did we get one. Pleasantly, without the normal stuffy overpriced tourist type fare that we have experienced at other venues. This little gem reminded us of a hip little place just outside of Berkley CA. that we love run by a lady named Alice. Even at 8:00 pm fresh produce was coming thru the door from a local fellow and we were treated to a couple of samplings of beautiful orange cherry tomatoes by the chef from the box that had just arrived before it went to the kitchen. Outstanding! We started off with oysters in the half shell a seafood chowder followed by a delightful crab cake and moved into Elk and a Sablefish (to die for) while our guests had the lamb Shank and Quail and to top it off an all BC cheese plate for dessert Our wine pairings we perfectly suggested and we discovered 2 new wineries for our must have list. I cannot tell you the last time we have felt so welcome in a restaurant as first time visitors . Price was even better . Pair please come to West Van
We recently returned to Pair Bistro and were very disappointed. We have had wonderful dining experiences in the past, but this recent visit was disappointing. Yam fries were the only star of the night. Other food was bland. Sable fish was overcooked and the bison had little flavour. Found ourselves repeatedly asking for items (knife, water refills, cream for coffee, coffee refill) and service was slow. It took so long to get our main course we actually wonder if the waiter forgot to put our orders.
We had friends visiting from out of town and wanted to take them out for "BC Food". Our out of town guests actually suggested Pair, as they had read about them in En Route magazine. I can't believe we've never had been here before. It's a cozy bistro I'm guessing about 50 seats with a wonderful patio, and a nice long bar in Point Grey. We had bannock bread, fresh oysters, dungeness crab cake, Qualicum Bay scallops to start. Beautiful presentation and flavours. Dinner was a Feast Platter for two- OUTSTANDING. There was rosemary pepper crusted elk, halibut, quail, salmon candy and a plentiful arrangement of mushrooms, organic greens, vegetables and Pemberton potatoes. Others had a very moist and flavourful, Fraser Valley game hen, and Peace Region bison ribs with a wild blackberry BBQ sauce- WOW. Desert was a cheese board with 5 local artisan cheeses, fruit and hazelnuts. The great little wine list is 100% BC content, as is there beer selection, and pretty much the entire menu. Service is prompt, informed and friendly. They have a wonderful display of First Nations masks and local artists. The value here is unbelievable. Pair is a must try. Total package. Food, Service, Value and Atmosphere. Looking forward to coming back. This time we won't wait for our friends from TO!
Something happened between our first visit in Nov 08 and Feb 09--not for the better. While it was still a good experience, the interesting and unique flavors were missing. We were stuck by the front door in a very awkward spot, with new arrivals literally tripping over us--and that with a reservation!
The game hen was okay, but the sauce had more salt than flavor. The lightly battered fish special was really mundane.
We won't rush back.
See my review back in November - not very complimentary. Well, hubby and I gave the place another go. AND IT ROCKED! Our favourite waiter served us, he is just so fantastic - so attentive and hospitable. We shared the deepfried camembert which was mouth-watering and surprisingly filling, then noshed on Lamb (him) and Pasta (me) dishes which were out of this world. Our waiter explained they'd changed the chef and really, we did notice an improvement! Will definitely return!
What a way to ring in the New Year! My wife and I recently moved back to Vancouver and Pair was recommended to us by collegues. We left NY to the last minuate and showed up hoping to grab a seat at the bar. The staff not only were able to arrange a table for us, (although they were fully booked) they made us feel very welcomed and comfortable. A couple of martinis to start- wife had one made with wild blackberry port which was great, I kept it traditional with gin. (both vodka and gin were organic). The Quallilcum bay scallops were delicious, and an outstanding value, crab cake not your typical flat patty, this one is large round ball was full of Dungeness crab and shrimp and nice and crispy. Dinner was just great had the bison ribs and the shellfish medley (mussels, clams and swimming scallops). Both meals were well presented and full of flavour. The value is awesome. There website says, "unpairtensious" dining and that's just what we experienced. Great job- we will be coming back soon!
Dined at Pair this holiday season. Our group throughly enjoyed our meal. Started with oysters (baked with house smoked salmon and balsam cream & raw on the half shell with mignonette and shaved horseradish) They were featuring Blue Mtn sparkling by the glass so the ladies had a glass and the guys had a beer. Nice selection of micro brews, Crannog, R&B both cream ale and I think the wheat, Red Truck Lager and Pale Ale. Room was cozy and intamite without being a foo foo romantic place. We were able to relax and enjoy our company, have a few drinks , and catch up with old friends. (On a personal note- can't say I've been restaurant lately that is able to create that kind of atmosphere) Service was great as well. Staff genuienly seemed to be enjoying themselves, were extremley well informed about the menu, art and even the music that was playing. Some old school campfire tunes, blues and Beatles. Dinner was a real treat. Feast Platter is a must. Elk, quail and salmon served with roasted potatoes, greens, wild mushrooms, candied salmon and veg! Lamb shank was fall off the bone tender and had a rich sauce with potatoes and mushrooms, last but not least was the flat iron steak with cinnamon sugar yam fries- outstanding value- nice cut of meat- very generous portion of fries and mushrooms. A few bottles of Road 13 Cab- cheese board with 5 local cheeses and a chocolate lava cake finished off and truly fun and enjoyable night.
Nov. 28 2008
Just back from a most enjoyable bistro experience for four, two of whom are vegetarian. Attentive service throughout a leisurely meal of many small shared delicious dishes, including a savory spinach and arugula soup,roasted garlic, bannock, cannelloni stuffed with ricotta, quail, and scallops, plus several others .
The choice of B.C. wines was really good and our Pinot gris selection was most complementary to the many intense flavors. Finally the Creme brulee and a pear tart capped a most delightful, reasonably priced meal. The owner Todd and his upbeat staff are to be complemented for a warm friendly ambiance with some really good B.C. art ? Coast Salish.
This small under the radar establishment always seems to slip my mind when thinking of places to eat, but this time I remembered.
Good thing I did we had were a party of 6 friends who had a great relaxed and unhurried evening out, will be back for sure and according to my friends so will they.
Interesting to see that every wine (approx 10 white and 10 red) as well as beer on tap (approx 5) were all local BC. I thought that was fantastic.
My only really small issue is that the room was very loud, I am not sure why because it is small and cosy.
Thank you Jeff the service was great
Initially visited about 3 years ago. Enjoyed it but didn't think it was outstanding. Our more recent visit was quite different. Put simply, the food was fantastic. My tuna was done to perfection - seared on the outside but still rare on the inside. Service was impeccable - attentive but not intrusive.
Will definitely return to this little neighbourhood gem.
I've been to Pair Bistro a few times for dinner and keep going back despite a few flaws. I'm vegetarian and pretty satisfied with the few options they have despite a tendency towards the typical overuse of mushrooms in the vegetarian entrees. It is generally possible to make up a meal from the side dishes that they offer if needed. The bannock is kind of fun and the sweet potatoe fries are fabulous.
I appreciate the emphasis on local and seasonal foods and the attempts at using organic produce.
The restaurant is really small and the seating is kind of cramped. They could probably do without the bar and definitely without the television. They need to decide if they want to be a fine dining establishment or a lounge/bar and pick one. This restaurant is also very loud when full which it frequently is.
Wrote a review a few months back - it used to be our favourite restaurant - until recently - our friends went and had a disappointing meal and we thought we'd go and dispel their rumours. However, we were disappointed also. The mushroom latte was still delightful however the Elk I had previously dreamed about was tasteless and the vegetables were hardly cooked. The lamb was mediocre and the desserts (earl grey brulee and chocolate pudding) were sound. The service was not outstanding as it had been in previous evenings (we've been a lot) and overall we left having felt we'd paid a lot for a dissatisfying meal. We wont go back.
This place is outstanding!!! I went last night with my brother because the Vancouver Sun had a great 31/2 Star review out of 4 Stars and boy was that review accurate other than some items review aren't on the menu anymore. To start we each had the Mushroom Latte with White Truffle Oil for $3 and it was the best mushroom soup I've ever had! Could have had 4 or 5 of them! We also shared the Bannock bread and it is warm and soft in the middle while crisp on the outside. Delicious! For mains I had the Elk with a sour cherry and chocolate demi glaze which was fantastic! The meat was delectable and rare while the vegetables were PERFECTLY cooked with a nice crunch to them and the potatoes were great. My brother had the BC Grain Feed Organic Beef Burger with Davids Montana cheese and wild board bacon. It was so big and juicy for only $15!!! Go to any chain restaurant and you get a regular cheese and regular bacon burger for $12 so for only $3 more it is a amazing deal! The elk was only $24 and I had never had elk before but it was tender and juicy. The place is small so you can hear what everyone next to you is saying quite easily but the decor is very nice and the service is impeccable with only 2 professional servers, who also managed the bar, in nice classy uniforms. Very outstanding service from both servers. One is Paul and I didn't get the name of the other server but he is great as well. They were polite, professional, caring, speedy, and insightful! Also got to talk to the Head Chef Todd as he made his rounds in the dining room. Awesome guy to talk with. As a cook myself I highly recommend this place!!! Great place to take someone from out of town or on a date even if it is a little close quarters with the other tables. Also the price point is just incredible for the quality!!!